Internship at the Cell Biology and Immunology Group

The internship is a compulsory part of the study at the Wageningen University. It is scheduled in the MSc program. The aim is to gain experience outside our university. Our students find an internship placement all over the world. Placements abroad are usually found in universities or research institutes. Also Dutch companies offer internships.

Frequently Asked Questions about internships

1. What is the duration of an internship?

It is advisable to realize that student internships are internationally well known. However, most institutions are used to 6 months periods which would require a 39 ects period. Although many MSc programs require compulsory internships between 24 and 39 ects, shorter periods than 6 months will generally make you a less preferable candidate despite your CV and experience. A student is free to choose for a company, institute or university.

2. Does the Wageningen University arrange the internship?

No, it is the responsibility of the student to contact a possible placement. The internship coordinator will help you and can provide you with several options.  Also some organisations can help you in finding a placement. (www.integrand.nl, www.wilweg.nl)

3. How do I arrange an internship?

Contact the internship coordinator (maria.forlenza@wur.nl). Ask yourself what you prefer (domestic, abroad, duration, company, university, subject). Also visit the homepages of companies and universities on the internet. Prepare your CV and motivation letter in advance.

4. Is it advised to finish the MSc thesis first?

Yes, if you have done an MSc thesis before you are taking the internship, you will bring more experience (both personally and scientifically) and you have learned to work independently.

5. How long in advance it is advised to start the arrangements?

Usually 6 months but it depends on the internship placement. If you plan to go abroad, it is advised to start more than 6 month’s in advance, especially when you prefer to go to another continent or when visa are necessary. The visa procedures are often very time consuming (see also question 10). Internships within The Netherlands can be arranged on shorter term usually.

6. How do I contact?

The best way is to contact persons by e-mail after consulting Dr. Maria Forlenza or Prof.Dr. Huub Savelkoul. Through ordinary mail or fax is also possible. In all cases you have to include a CV in which you mention that you have finished and passed the MSc thesis. In addition mention your motivation why you want to fulfill your internship at the specific location. These are positive elements that generally are decisive. Remember that the good institutions are generally flooded by such requests.

7. Are grants available?

It is usually difficult to find grants. Sometimes there are options through EU programs, such as Erasmus/Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Food Atlantic. However, the Wageningen University is not permanently involved in all programs.

Apply online for a €1000 Student Grant here: www.student-grants.eu

The Student Grants program is an initiative funded by CasaSwap.com, www.casaswap.com, a free, worldwide student housing service.

8. Which agreements have to be made with the internship placement?

Agreements about the following elements are necessary:

  • starting- and ending date
  • subject
  • finishing written report (confidentiality?)
  • allowance
  • housing
  • allowance for travelling and housing

9. How are the rules about marking the internship?

A mark is based on the written report and the internship evaluation form (to be filled up by your supervisor). A Wageningen University appointed professor is the finally responsible supervisor also during your stay for the internship. Keep the supervisor updated by sending an e-mail regularly.

10. What are other relevant elements?

Travelling insurance: Wageningen University pays for it after a statement of the internship coordinator.
Visa: This is often a time consuming procedure. Usually you need an invitation letter of the internship placement and a statement that you are registered as a university student and that the internship is an compulsory part of your study. Sometimes it is also asked for other statements, like a financial statement, a statement of being a healthy person or a statement of being not in contact with criminal or doubtful organisations.
Health insurance: It is advisable to inform your health insurance company and to ask if all health related costs are world wide covered.
OV jaarkaart (only for Dutch students): It is possible to postpone the “OV jaarkaart” by filling up a standard form, available at the students registration office or through intranet.
Before leaving: always inform your internship coordinator.

If there are still some questions or remarks please do not hesitate to contact

Dr. Maria Forlenza (maria.forlenza@wur.nl)

building 122 Zodiac

De Elst 1

tel: 483336/483922.